Nuclear weapons remain as threatening as ever and can be ignored only at our peril. We believe the warnings issued by George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn on the nuclear threat need to be heeded by our nation's leaders.
See "Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Risks" Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2013 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324338604578325912939001772.html
"My personal journey at the nuclear brink," by William Perry, June 17, 2013 http://www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org/my-personal-journey-at-the-nuclear-brink-by-bill-perry_633.html
San Francisco Bay Area Women Leaders Group is a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens which formed in response to a briefing hosted by former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and Deputy Director Emeritus of SLAC Dr. Sid Drell.
Co-Chairs: Alison Davis (Managing Partner, www.fifthera.com), Chris Boskin (media consultant)
Action Committee: Deborah Gordon (FSI, Stanford), Susan Evans, Les Dewitt
Technical Contact/Volunteer: Devabhaktuni Srikrishna
"Over the decades, progress has been made in reducing nuclear weapons and bringing about international agreements on nonproliferation. Despite these considerable efforts, nuclear dangers remain all too real. Combined with the dangers of suicidal terrorist groups, the growing number of nations with nuclear arms and different motives, aims, and ambitions poses very high and unpredictable risks. When a large and growing number of nuclear adversaries confront multiple perceived threats, the relative restraint of the Cold War will be difficult to sustain. The risk that deterrence will fail and that nuclear weapons will be used increases dramatically. Global leaders owe it to their publics to reduce, and eventually eliminate, these risks. A global effort is needed to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world. The continuing risk posed by nuclear weapons remains an overarching strategic problem, but the pace of work doesn't now match the urgency of the threat."
San Francisco Bay Area Women Leaders, therefore, urge the President of the United States and the United States Congress to place high priority upon creating policies to accomplish the following objectives as soon as practicable:
I. Creation of a global nuclear materials security system to ensure that all weapons-usable nuclear materials are secure from unauthorized access and theft.
II. Establishment of a coalition of nations prepared to undertake national actions immediately to reduce nuclear dangers and to adopt together a program of near- and mid-term steps to create the conditions for a world free of nuclear weapons.
III. Ratification and the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty at the earliest possible date and, pending that, the adoption of measures to strengthen voluntary moratoriums on testing that have been announced by several nations.